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Forum: Tank Journals   05-13-2017, 02:41 PM
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Views: 10,191
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The moderation team won't clean this thread up...

The moderation team won't clean this thread up again without suspensions and perma-bans being handed out.

Enough.
Forum: Plants   05-10-2017, 04:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 438
Posted By somewhatshocked
Seriously? Encouraging illegal activity? ...

Seriously?

Encouraging illegal activity?

Closing the thread but leaving it intact so you learn from the mistakes of others.
Forum: Plants   05-08-2017, 01:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 498
Posted By somewhatshocked
I've kept S. repens in all sorts of water. From...

I've kept S. repens in all sorts of water. From extremely hard to super-soft. Just give it time to adjust.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   05-01-2017, 11:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 177
Posted By somewhatshocked
Is this the tank you can't quite seem to figure...

Is this the tank you can't quite seem to figure out how to get cycled for shrimp? If so, you cannot keep that snail in that tank yet. No way, no how.

When sensitive snails like that leave the...
Forum: Fish   04-27-2017, 03:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 267
Posted By somewhatshocked
This. The OP may get lucky and end up with a...

This.

The OP may get lucky and end up with a puffer that's docile and not too territorial but I'm guessing it'll be unlikely.

None of mine have ever been 100% okay with other critters. Even in...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-27-2017, 02:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 318
Posted By somewhatshocked
Honestly, it's that time of year. So in a sense,...

Honestly, it's that time of year. So in a sense, it's definitely contagious.

I tend to have an explosion of all of my inverts during March/April/early May.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-25-2017, 07:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 210
Posted By somewhatshocked
Based on the makeup of your current tank, I'd say...

Based on the makeup of your current tank, I'd say no to hair grass. Stick with plants that don't require a rich substrate for rooting and the like. Things like Anubias Nana and Nana Petite, Java...
Forum: Plants   04-25-2017, 12:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 566
Posted By somewhatshocked
eBay allows all kinds of crazy crap and doesn't...

eBay allows all kinds of crazy crap and doesn't monitor unless items and shady sellers are reported. That's common knowledge. It's one of the reasons we disallow eBay links. What's apparently not...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   04-24-2017, 09:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 432
Posted By somewhatshocked
Time for a lecture! Because some folks apparently...

Time for a lecture! Because some folks apparently can't quit it with the slapfighting.

Are y'all just tired or what? Why can't you keep it friendly? What gives?

I know the internet is a hotbed...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   04-24-2017, 07:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 432
Posted By somewhatshocked
If it's in a controlled area and it's a plant...

If it's in a controlled area and it's a plant that was legally acquired and is legal to grow in your particular state or region, there's little harm. I have all kinds of plants in my own ponds....
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-24-2017, 05:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 330
Posted By somewhatshocked
Pond Snails and Bladder Snails are much more...

Pond Snails and Bladder Snails are much more hardy than nearly anything else you could put in a tank. I almost always have them populating my tanks as they're initially being set up.
...
Forum: Plants   04-24-2017, 02:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 303
Posted By somewhatshocked
Not only are they not aquatic plants, you're...

Not only are they not aquatic plants, you're actively breaking the law by importing plant material without proper phytosanitary documentation.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-24-2017, 12:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 330
Posted By somewhatshocked
Mystery snails, while tough (not touch, as I...

Mystery snails, while tough (not touch, as I originally wrote), can be peculiar when it comes to water quality.

Your best bet is to remove them and change the water in their container regularly....
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-23-2017, 04:58 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 7,003
Posted By somewhatshocked
Probably shouldn't worry about your pH at this...

Probably shouldn't worry about your pH at this point. Focus on ammonia/nitrite/nitrate levels.

Once you're able to add a fixed amount of ammonia to your tank (use whatever the tank cycling...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-23-2017, 03:10 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 7,003
Posted By somewhatshocked
It's not rude in the least to ask! But...

It's not rude in the least to ask!

But you've gotta have patience with this. It will seriously pay off.

Even if your tank was good to go today, I'd still recommend keeping it alive by feeding...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-23-2017, 01:53 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 7,003
Posted By somewhatshocked
With all due respect, read this thread again....

With all due respect, read this thread again. It's repeatedly explained why you should not add living creatures to your tank.

While snails are resilient and may survive horrific conditions, no,...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-22-2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 7,003
Posted By somewhatshocked
Seriously, you've got to have patience. For...

Seriously, you've got to have patience. For weeks, not days.

Get your tank in working order, let it mature, monitor it regularly, feed it ammonia, get things working.

Then get shrimp again.
...
Forum: Fish   04-22-2017, 02:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 265
Posted By somewhatshocked
Nah, they're perfectly normal and present in most...

Nah, they're perfectly normal and present in most new tanks (and even some older ones).

As I mentioned in your other thread, they're a sign that your tank is healthy or on the way to being...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-21-2017, 08:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 283
Posted By somewhatshocked
I think Ramshorns end up being some of the...

I think Ramshorns end up being some of the coolest critters in all of my tanks. They not only clean up algae when it pops up but they can apparently eat their weight in excess shrimp food 10,000...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   04-21-2017, 08:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 426
Posted By somewhatshocked
Welcome to the forum! Hope you'll consider...

Welcome to the forum!

Hope you'll consider starting a tank journal in the journals section so we can all follow along.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-21-2017, 08:23 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 7,003
Posted By somewhatshocked
A pro-tip to all participating here from a...

A pro-tip to all participating here from a moderator: Don't insult other members. I'm posting here as a hobbyist but am also tasked with cleaning up the forum.

It's important to share accurate...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-21-2017, 08:22 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 7,003
Posted By somewhatshocked
I think you're misunderstanding that we're saying...

I think you're misunderstanding that we're saying the same thing: targeting some set TDS is essentially pointless. Which is why I earlier advocated targeting GH/KH ranges for what are known to work...
Forum: Fish   04-21-2017, 05:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 265
Posted By somewhatshocked
Honestly, shrimp are going to be stressed at the...

Honestly, shrimp are going to be stressed at the very least or dinner at worst for just about any fish. Even fish that are smaller than adult Neos. (As discussed in the OP's other shrimp-based...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-21-2017, 05:23 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 7,003
Posted By somewhatshocked
Sure you can. Especially if buying from a local...

Sure you can. Especially if buying from a local fish store that isn't well-versed in keeping invertebrates or one that doesn't care to really understand parameters.

Most are on one huge system...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-21-2017, 12:08 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 7,003
Posted By somewhatshocked
What on earth? White flag? What? It's not an...

What on earth? White flag? What? It's not an argument. And your experience isn't in any way worthless. No need to overreact or take this discussion the wrong way.

My point, to reiterate, is that...
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